Chase, Horace Gair
Horace Gair Chase; (Monday, July 9, 1827-Tuesday, February 4, 1913).
He was born in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on July 9, 1827.
educated at Hopkinton Academy until 1843 (16 years old);
At age of 16 (1843), Horace Gair Chase became an apprentice in the mathematical and nautical instrument store of Samuel S. Thaxter & Son, Boston, remaining there until his health failed. He then returned home. In 1852 (age 25), he followed his two brothers and came to Chicago.
Horace Gair Chase entered office of James H. Rees, Real Estate Agent, who, with Edward A. Rucker, originated the present Real Estate Abstract System. His brother, Samuel B. Chase, had charge of the abstract department in Mr. Rees' office.
After the Great Chicago Fire it was found that this firm and the two other abstract firms (Shortall & Hoard and Jones & Seller) had each lost part of their abstract indices, but that together they had a complete set, with some duplicates: while the county records were destroyed. The three firms therefore consolidated and resumed in the abstract business, which later was merged in the Chicago Title and Trust Company. Horace Chase continued in the real estate business.
Residence: Chicago; summer in Hopkinton, N.H.